The Jury selection in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis officer, is complete. It took around two weeks for picking the jury under a deliberate and slow process to seat one impartial jury in this case that has been highly publicized across the globe.
The opening statements of the jury are scheduled from Monday. Fifteen jurors have been selected by the court, wherein twelve will be seated on the jury and the remaining two will be the alternates. The last person, an accountant, who was selected on Tuesday, would be dismissed the following week in case the remaining fourteen truly show up.
The video footage of Floyd’s passing away reignited one movement against police brutality and racial injustice that spread across the globe as civil unrest and protests erupted in Twin Cities. In the video, Chauvin was captured pinning his knew on Floyd’s neck towards the floor for almost 9 minutes while Floyd called out to his mom for help as he could not breathe. The footage became a rallying outrage over the murder of Black individuals by the police. Chauvin has been charged with 2nd-degree unintentional murder, 2nd-degree manslaughter and 3rd-degree murder.
Peter Chahill, the judge, recently refused motions by defense to shift the venue as well as delay the procedure due to publicity.
Notably, this is the first criminal trial in the history of Minneapolis to be broadcasted live.